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Vegan ACT's 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge

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WELCOME TO DAY TWENTY-FOUR!



 


Kym's advice for day twenty-four:
Is veganism a religion? 
Omnivores sometimes imagine that veganism is a belief system and sometimes even use this in a negative way to criticise vegans and resist examining their own lifestyle and choices. The fact is that veganism is NOT a religion. It is a LIFESTYLE CHOICE that follows the philosophy of reducing harm to animals. The philosophy of veganism is based on SCIENCE. The science of sentience - the fact that animals can experience pain, and have wants, needs and desires. 
The database of research on animal sentience is strong and rapidly growing. Scientists know that individuals from a wide variety of species experience emotions ranging from joy and happiness to deep sadness, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder, along with empathy, jealousy and resentment, for example,mice, rats, and chickens display empathy and countless other "surprises" are rapidly emerging.

You can experience some of this data on an interactive website called the "Sentience Mosaic" launched by the World Society for the Protection of Animals which is dedicated to animal sentience.

An essay written by Helen Proctor and her colleagues at WSPA provides a systematic review of the scientific literature on sentience. The effort used a list of 174 keywords and the team reviewed more than 2,500 articles on animal sentience. They concluded: "Evidence of animal sentience is everywhere."


So veganism is based on science and also the conviction that its not ok to cause unnecessary suffering to other sentient beings. Religion on the other hand is based on a belief system, narratives, symbols and sacred histories that are intended to explain the meaning and origin of life or the universe. 

A person who believes in christianity, judaism, buddhism or any other religion can also be vegan. Its all about our relationship with the natural world, and our ability to actualise the science and want to make a difference for animals. 

TODAYS ASSIGNMENT: Check out WSPA's 'Sentience Mosiac' and be amazed at the latest research on animals behaviour, emotions, cognition and more! 

 


WANT MORE INFO ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOING VEGAN? 
Go to this page and check out some short videos about the benefits of eating more greens!

 


Cassies' recipe idea for day twenty-four: 

Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup with Burnt Mint Oil
Makes 6 serves
Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp nuttelex
1 brown onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2cm piece ginger, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
500g sweet potato, peeled, diced
1 cup red lentils, washed
1.5 litre vegetable stock
400g can diced tomatoes
1 dried chilli, roughly chopped
rind and juice of 2 limes
Burnt Mint Oil
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp dried mint
  1. In a 4 litre pot, heat the oil and nuttelex, and saute the onion, garlic, ginger and oregano until golden brown.
  2. Add the sweet potato, lentils, stock, tomatoes and chilli and stir to combine. Simmer over a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the lentils do not catch on the base of the pot.
  3. Add the lime and blend using a stick blender until the soup is consistent and smooth.
  4. To make the mint oil, heat the olive oil in a frypan over a low heat and then saute the mint until it begins to bubble. Set aside for 2 minutes to infuse and then drizzle over a bowl of soup.
 

Click Here for Week Four's Advice from Psychologist, Clare Mann
My aim is to give you simple strategies to understand and manage your own emotions, thoughts and self-questioning.  Additionally, I’ll provide tips and techniques to have everyday conversations easily and effectively. 

 

Click Here for Week Four's Nutrition Tips from Naturopath, Robyn Chuter
Nine tips of the week:  Know your best vegan zinc sources, Get blood tests annually to check your nutritional status, Chew your food thoroughly, Know the facts about fish Parts 1 and 2, Eat only when hungry, How to tell ‘toxic hunger’ from true hunger, Know the difference between ‘satisfied’ and ‘full’, Plug yourself in to reliable vegan nutrition resources.

 

 

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Congratulations making it through DAY TWENTY-FOUR of your 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge! 
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